Korea and Pakistan were completely evenly matched.
The South Korean men’s volleyball team lost 0-3 (19-25 22-25 21-25) in straight sets against Pakistan in their men’s volleyball quarterfinal match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games 카지노사이트킴 at the China Textile City Sports Center Gymnasium in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China on Wednesday.
South Korea, ranked 27th in the world, was eliminated by 51st-ranked Pakistan.
This is the first time in 61 years that the Korean men’s volleyball team has gone home empty-handed from the Asian Games. South Korea had medaled in 14 consecutive editions from Bangkok 1966 to Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
This time, their dreams of winning a gold medal for the first time in 17 years since Doha 2006 were dashed.
South Korea had already suffered a shocker in the first round of the group stage against India, ranked 73rd in the world, on Nov. 20. They redeemed themselves with a victory over unranked Cambodia in the second match on the 21st, but the joy of victory was short-lived.
South Korea defeated Pakistan 3-1 in straight sets at the Asian Championships last month, but it wasn’t a reunion a month later.
The Koreans couldn’t handle Pakistan’s high-flying attack and solid blocking. In the end, they were swept aside without winning a single set.
“I don’t have anything to say,” said Korea’s head coach Lim Do-heon after the match, adding, “This is how good we are in international competitions. I think we need to prepare a lot of basic defense in the future,” and faced the harsh reality.
Pakistan’s players were overjoyed with their victory over Korea and their place in the quarterfinals.
The Pakistani players celebrated early on as they realized they were going to win the match when the score was tied at the end of the third set.
Pakistan’s head coach was equally overwhelmed by the win over South Korea. Isnaye Ramirez Peraz was interviewed by the media in the Mixed Zone after the game, and he broke down in tears.
“There is no way to describe the magnitude of this victory,” Ramirez told MyInfo, the official Asian Games information site, “It was hard, but it was possible because of the players’ dedication, hard work, and physical condition.”
“We knew what we had to do to win and we were focused to achieve it, this victory is great and I am very proud of the players,” he added.
Pakistan will now face Qatar in the quarterfinals to continue their challenge.
Ramirez concluded, “My players can do more in this tournament. Everything is possible and we will work hard to achieve it,” Ramirez vowed.